Career Notes Entering 2016 Season:
• 2014 First Team All-Mid-American Conference
• 2014 & 2015 Academic All-Mid-American Conference
• 2014 & 2015 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete
• MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week (Feb. 10, 2015)
• College Sports Madness MAC Player of the Week (Feb. 10, 2015)
• Ball State Career Records: T-8th in times hit by a pitch (14); T-13th in saves (1); T-17th in home runs (7); T-20th in double plays turned (15).
• Ball State Single Season Records (highest ranking only): T-3rd in times hit by a pitch (8 in 2015); T-5th in double plays turned (15 in 2015); 12th in chances (377 in 2015); T-12th in putouts (342 in 2015); T-19th in games started (58 in 2015); T-16th in saves (1)
2015 (Jr.): Earned third letter at Ball State … helped guide the Cardinals to the Mid-American Conference West Division Championship, the MAC Tournament Championship and a berth in the NCAA South Bend Regional … hit a two-run home run in the top of the fourth inning in Ball State’s 6-3 regional win over No. 16 national seed Notre Dame to help the Cardinals pick up the first NCAA regional victory in program history … NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete … started all 59 games, with 57 starts at first base and two starts as pitcher … earned a .217 batting average with 33 hits in 152 at bats … of her 33 hits, seven were doubles and five were home runs … also drew 21 walks and was hit by a pitch eight times to finish the year with a .341 on base percentage … earned the first two stolen bases of her collegiate career … finished the season with 31 RBI, including five game-winning RBI … scored 23 runs on the year, including five game-winning runs … smashed her first career grand slam versus Lipscomb (Feb. 8) to drive in what proved to be the game-winning runs in a 14-2 (6) victory … scored the game-winning run in a 12-1 (6) victory over Detroit (March 3) and added another game-winning run scored later in the day in a 8-1 decision over Southeastern Louisiana … her third game-winning run scored came in the second game of a doubleheader versus Buffalo (April 4), in which the Cardinals won 12-4 (6) … drove herself in for the game-winning run with solo home runs in the second game versus Western Michigan (April 17) and the opener versus Akron (April 25) … brought home what stood to be the game-winning runs with RBI doubles in the regular season finale at Miami (May 3), in which the Cardinals won 7-6, and in the team’s 8-5 MAC Tournament victory over the RedHawks (May 7) …opened the season with hits in the first six games for a career-long six-game hitting streak … drove in eight RBI over the span, while hitting .353 … was named the MAC West Pitcher of the Week and the College Sports Madness MAC Player of the Week on Feb. 10 after starting the first four games of the season at first base and making a relief appearance in the circle … she finished opening weekend with a .308 (4-for-13) batting average, a team-high eight RBI, two runs scored, two walks and a pair of home runs from the batter’s box, while picking up a win and posting a 0.00 ERA, a .095 opponent batting average and four strikeouts over 6.0 innings of work in the circle versus IUPUI (Feb. 7) … made six total appearances in the circle … earned four strikeouts over 3.1 innings of work in her first career start versus Winthrop (Feb. 14) … on defense, she helped account for 15 double plays, which ties as the fifth-best single season total in program history … recorded 342 putouts on the year which is tied for 12th on Ball State’s single season charts … logged a .971 fielding percentage in her first full season at first base.
2014 (So.): Earned second letter at Ball State ... helped guide the Cardinals to their fifth Mid-American Conference regular season title in program history with a 33-19 (12-4 MAC) record … First Team All-MAC and Academic All-MAC … NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete … played in 29 of Ball State’s 52 games, including 22 starts … starting designated player for the final 14 league games … tallied a .343 batting average during league play, including her first career home run in Ball State’s win over Akron (April 18) … drove in what proved to be the game-winning run in the second game versus Western Michigan (April 12) with a RBI double in the seventh inning … scored the game-winning run versus Central Michigan (May 2), crossing the plate on a passed ball … also scored the game-winning run versus FIU (Feb. 28) … finished the season with a .313 batting average, two home runs, five doubles, eight runs scored and 10 RBI in 64 at bats … also made six appearances in the circle … made her collegiate pitching debut at USC Upstate (Feb. 17), retiring two of the three batters she faced … recorded her first career save versus Morehead State (Feb. 22), holding the Eagles to just one hit over three innings of work, while striking out a career-high three batters … picked up her first career win versus Detroit (March 2), holding the Titans hitless over 2.1 innings of work and logging a pair of strikeouts … turned in a solid performance in the second game at No. 7 Arizona (March 4), holding one of the nation’s top offensive programs to just two hits over 3.0 innings.
2013 (Fr.): Earned first letter at Ball State … helped guide the Cardinals to their fourth Mid-American Conference regular season title in program history with a 37-17 (18-3 MAC) record … played in 13 games, mainly as a pinch runner … posted a .667 batting average with two hits in three at bats … sliced a single up the middle in her first career at bat in the win over Grambling State (Feb. 22), while coming around to score … added another single in her second career at bat versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Feb. 23), while also scoring a pair of runs, getting hit by a pitch and playing in the outfield … scored a run in her first career game versus IUPUI (Feb. 16), after entering the contest as a pinch runner … also scored runs in pinch running situations versus Florida A&M (March 8) and at Eastern Michigan (April 27).
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner in softball at Fenton High School where she played for coach Rick Bescoe ... helped guide the Tigers to an 81-63 record over her career, including a 23-13 record and a league championship title her junior year ... named All-Metro League, All-District and All-Region as a pitcher, while earning All-State as a utility player her senior season ... posted 19 wins and a 1.66 ERA in the circle her senior year, while batting .472 with 39 RBI, 11 doubles, nine triples and a home run ... also logged a .769 slugging percentage and a .541 on base percentage as a senior ... hit .446 with a .519 on-base percentage and a .679 slugging percentage as a junior, while also earning All-Metro League and all-district honors as a pitcher after posting a 15-5 record in the circle ... as a sophomore, she picked up all-league, all-district and all-region honors at first base after posting a .479 batting average, 29 stolen bases, a .526 on base percentage and a .672 slugging percentage ... named second team all-league as a freshman with a .382 batting average ... also played two season of volleyball at Fenton, helping guide the program to back-to-back league championships as a defensive specialist ... played club softball for Compuware 18U in 2011, while joining MI Athletics for the 2012 season.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Dave and Annette Cowger ... has three sisters, Kate, Tori and Ellie ... her sisters Kate and Tori played softball at the University of Minnesota ... her dad played golf at the University of Minnesota-Morris ... born April 29, 1994, in Flint, Mich. ... full name is Samantha Grace Cowger ... majoring in sport administration ... maintains a 3.818 grade-point average.